Spirit Australia Cruises

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Our Murray River Cruises operate along the entire length of the Murray River between Goolwa SA and Albury NSW. From the moment you board one of our purpose built boats, you will be enchanted by the never ending but always changing scenery, the abundance of birdlife and wildlife, the history and stories, the captivating colours, moods, sounds and silences.

Spirit Australia passengers do not stay on-board in cabins. Passenger accommodation is on-shore in comfortable en-suite riverside town hotels allowing time to explore a different riverside town most evenings.

We mostly cruise one way, with coach return to port of origin to maximise distance cruised and minimise duplication of scenery. Our boats are therefore smaller, allowing access to unique untravelled waters and offering a more personalised and small group cruising experience. Our captains also offer expert and entertaining commentary on the stories and history of the Murray River.

We also cruise the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. A unique opportunity to explore the 7 Rivers, 4 Channels, 3 Lakes, 2 Straits & islands that inter-connect to make up the fascinating and diverse waterways, with a small group cruise all the way from SALE to LAKES ENTRANCE.

Facilities

Aboriginal Culture Adventure and Outdoors Tours Australian Tourism Accreditation Basic Birdwatching Boating Boating Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Extended Food & Wine Food and Wine Tours Full Day Land - Motorised Nature & Wildlife Nature and wildlife Public Toilet Sightseeing Tours Walk Walking and Biking Tours Water - Motorised

Services

From $1670 to $1940

Cruise almost the whole length of the Murray River in South Australia (550 river kilometres) from Wellington to the Border Cliffs (Victoria/South Australian border).

This five day and four night night cruise travels through willow lined river flats, high golden limestone cliffs, sheep station country, redgum forests and irrigated orchards and vineyards with on-shore stops at specified attractions. It passes through such towns as Murray Bridge, Mannum, Swan Reach, Blanchetown, Morgan, Waikerie, Loxton, Berri and Renmark. It passes under several bridges and through six locks before ending at the Old Customs House at Border Cliffs where a coach is waiting for the transfer back to Wellington.

Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels along the way each night. Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, specified on-shore excursions, portage of bags and coach transfer back to Wellington.

Return transfers between Adelaide and Wellington to connect with the cruise can be arranged at additional cost.

Operates: March to May and September to October. Specific departure dates available on application.

Public Toilet

From $1650 to $1920

On this five-day cruise you will travel almost all south Australia’s Murray river, departing from the river side town of Renmark travel downstream under the Paringa bridge, through several locks and riverside towns past spectacular golden cliffs, farm lands, irrigation areas, willow lined river banks and lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest freshwater lake).

Over the five-day Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels along the way each night. The cruise finished in Goolwa after 553 kilometres along the river, where return coach transport to Renmark and Adelaide is available.

Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions. Onshore excursions provide the opportunity to explore, experience and hear the history of the Murray river.

Public Toilet

$449

This two-day cruise departs from the historical port of Goolwa traveling upstream through Lake Alexandrina, (Australia largest freshwater lake). After re-entering the Murray River cruising continues through spectacular scenery and river side towns of wellington, Tailem Bend cliffs, Murray Bridge before arriving in the historical town of Mannum for bed, breakfast and dinner voucher.

The next morning continue traveling upstream past the rivers high golden cliffs, around the famous Big bend past the small river side towns of Younghusband, Bowhill, Purnong, Walkers flat before stopping at the Swan Reach hotel for lunch, after lunch re-board the vessel and cruise though station country and Lock one to Blanchetown. Where on arrival a coach is waiting for the return transfer to the town of departure.

Throughout the two-day cruise travel the last 264kms of the river Murray, with expert commentary is provided. Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea and return transport to town of departure.

Public Toilet

$160

This one-day cruise departs the historical river side town of Mannum traveling past the rivers high golden cliffs, around the famous Big bend past the small river side towns of Younghusband, Bowhill, Purnong, Walkers flat before stopping at the Swan Reach hotel for lunch, after lunch re-board the vessel and cruise though station country and Lock one to Blanchetown. Where on arrival a coach is waiting for the return transfer to the town of departure.

Throughout the two-day cruise travel 124kms of the river Murray, with expert commentary is provided. Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea and return transport to town of departure. transfer to departure town is included.

Public Toilet

From $2855 to $3270

This eight-day cruise Departs from the historical port of Goolwa cruise upstream across lake Alexandria (Australia’s largest freshwater lake) re-entering the river Murray cruising continues past dairy farms, willow bank lined river banks, spectacular golden cliffs, through red gum forests and station country. The cruise finishes after 878 river kms in Mildura where personal transport arrangements are to be arranged.

Over the 8 days of cruising you will travel though Australia’s Sunraysia and river land areas well known for quality food and wine. This cruise has a unique itinerary unlike any other river cruise, nightly meals and accommodation in riverside towns give the opportunity to explore, specified onshore excursions give the opportunity to talk and hear stories from locals who have lived in river side towns and worked in the farming and paddle steamer industries. A 35km cruise up the darling river pass through 11 locks and travel through three states (SA,VIC,NSW).

Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions

Public Toilet

From $1650 to $1920

On this five-day cruise you travel almost all south Australia’s Murray river, departing from the historical port of Goolwa cruise upstream across lake Alexandria (Australia’s largest fresh water lake). After re-entering the river continue cruising past willow lined fiver flats, irrigation areas, farm lands, spectacular golden cliffs, and south Australia’s river land famous for its food and wine Passing many river side towns, under several bridges and five of the Murray river locks. Over the five-day Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels along the way each night. The cruise finished in Renmark after 553 kms along the river, where return coach transport of Goolwa and Adelaide is available.

Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions. Onshore excursions provide the opportunity to explore, experience and hear the history of the Murray river.

Public Toilet

From $1440 to $1600

On this four-day cruise you will cruise through Australia’s river land and Sunraysia a stretch of river few people experience, while on board you will pass over the SA/VIC/NSW boarder, see an abundance of wildlife and bird life, pass irrigated orchards, farmlands, station country, river flats, red gum forests and colourful cliffs and passing through six of the river Murray’s locks. Over the four-days Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels. The cruise finished in Mildura after 426 kms along the river.
Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions. Onshore excursions provide the opportunity to explore, experience and hear the history of the Murray river.

Public Toilet

From $2095 to $2330

On this cruise you will experience waters rarely cruised by other operators, this section of river is quite isolated and usually cruised by only tinnies and canoe. Irrigation waters are released from the Hume Dam and river flows are highest during the peak irrigation season. The cruise can be quite the adventure at times due to swift currents, many snags and varying river levels. For those reasons this cruise can only run in one direction during late October and the month of November and even then, it is subject to river levels.

Public Toilet

From $3190 to $3565

Departing from Albury cruise downstream along parts of the Murray river rarely cruised by other operators, through breath taking scenery past pumping stations, tributary river inlets, gum forests and river side towns. this section of river is quite isolated and usually cruised by only tinnies and canoe. Irrigation waters are released from the Hume Dam and river flows are highest during the peak irrigation season. The cruise can be quite the adventure at times due to swift currents, many snags and varying river levels. For those reasons this cruise can only run in one direction during late October and the month of November and even then, it is subject to river levels.

Public Toilet

$160

Departing from the historical port of Goolwa this one-day cruise travels upstream to Clayton and past Point Sturt across Lake Alexandria, (Australia’s largest fresh water lake). After re-entering the river Cruising continues through spectacular scenery and river side towns of Wellington, the Jervois irrigation area, Tailmen Bend cliffs and Murray Bridge to Mannum. Where on a arrival a coach is waiting for the return transfer back to Goolwa.
Through out the cruise you will cruise the last 125 kms of the Murray river with expert commentary provided. Price includes all cruising, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and return transport to Goolwa.

Public Toilet

From $1670 to $1940

On this five-day cruise travel almost all the Murray river in south Australia departing from the old customs house at Border cliffs after a picnic lunch. Travel downstream past red gum forests, station country, irrigated orchards, vineyards, limestone cliffs and willow lined river bank. Cruise thought riverside towns, six of the Murray rivers locks and under several bridges. To wellington where the cruise finishes after traveling almost all of south Australia’s Murray river (550kms)
Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels along the way each night. Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, specified on-shore excursions, portage of bags and coach transfers.
Operates: March to May and September to October. Specific departure dates available on application.

Public Toilet

From $2090 to $2430

Over the six-day cruise you will have the opportunity to explore the extensive network of marshes, lakes, rivers of the protected Gippsland lakes on a small group cruise. The Gippsland lakes area was once a delta formed by in flowing river depositing silt, the silt and action of the Bass strait currents formed a series of barriers separating the delta form the sea to form a lake system. Today the Gippsland lakes support a diverse range of native vegetation and wild life, boating activities and charming towns.
Over the six-days Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in hotels. The cruise finished in lakes entrance after covering almost 240 kms of the lake system and rivers.
Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to sale and specified on-shore excursions. Onshore excursions provide the opportunity to explore, experience and hear the history of the area.

Public Toilet

From $3165 to $3770

This eight-day tour offers an unusual combination of Murray river cruising and luxury coach touring. This tour will give you the opportunity to cruises on various boats and paddle steamers following the 2520-kilometer journey of the great Murray river. Departing Melbourne traveling by coach into the Australian alps to view the start of the Murray (the source) and continue down along the river to the Murray mouth where you meet the Great Southern Ocean.
Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, transport and specified on-shore excursions. Onshore excursions provide the opportunity to explore, experience and hear the history of the area.

Public Toilet

$160

This one-day cruise begins in Mannum where a coach transfers you to Blanchetown to meet the vessel “Spirit of the Murray” after boarding begin traveling downstream though lock one and station country to the famous Swan Reach Hotel of lunch. After lunch re board the vessel and continue cruising past the rivers highest golden cliffs, the Big Bend and river side towns of Walkers Flat, Purnong, Bowhill, Younghusband before arriving In Mannum.

Throughout the one-day cruise travel 124kms of the river Murray, with expert commentary is provided. Price includes all cruising, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and coach transfers.

Public Toilet

$160

This one-day cruise departs from the historical port of Mannum, travel downstream past the river side towns of Murray Bridge, Tailem bend cliffs the Jervois irrigation area, wellington. Enjoy a lunch on board before cruising across the lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest fresh water lake) to Goolwa.
Through-out the cruise you will cruise the last 125 kms of the Murray river with expert commentary provided. Price includes all cruising, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and return transport to Mannum

Public Toilet

$449

Make your own way to Mannum where a coach will transfer you to Blanchetown. At Blanchetown traveling downstream through lock one, station country before stopping at Swan Reach hotel for lunch, after lunch re board the vessel and cruise past small riverside towns of Walkers Flat, Purnog, Bowhill, Younghusband, around the famous big bend and golden cliffs before arriving in Mannum for bed, breakfast, and dinner voucher.

The next morning continue traveling downstream past Murray Bridge, Tailem Bend cliffs, the Jervois irrigation area and wellington while enjoying lunch on board before crossing lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest fresh water lake) to Goolwa.

Throughout the two-day cruise travel the last 264kms of the river Murray, with expert commentary is provided. Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea and return transport to town of departure.

Public Toilet

From $1440 to $1600

On this four-day departing from Mildura travel downstream. You will cruise through Australia’s river land and Sunraysia a stretch of river few people experience, while on board you will pass over the VIC/NSW/SA boarder, see an abundance of wildlife and bird life, pass irrigated orchards, farmlands, station country, river flats, red gum forests and colourful cliffs and passing through six of the river Murray’s locks.
Over the four-days Captains commentary is provided throughout the cruise with ensuite room overnight accommodation in riverside hotels. The cruise finished in Renmark after 426 kms along the river.
Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions

Public Toilet

From $2855 to $3270

This eight-day cruise departs from Mildura cruise downstream past specular scenery of red gum forests, station country, golden cliffs, willow lined river banks, dairy farms and riverside towns. Travel across lake Alexandrina (Australia’s largest fresh water lake) to Goolwa, the last town of the river where the cruise finishes after traveling 878 kilometres along the river, where a coach is waiting for a transfer to Adelaide.

Over the eight days of cruising you will travel though Australia’s Sunraysia and river land areas well known for quality food and wine. This cruise has a unique itinerary unlike any other river cruise, nightly meals and accommodation in riverside towns give the opportunity to explore, specified onshore excursions give the opportunity to talk and hear stories from locals who have lived in river side towns and worked in the farming and paddle steamer industries. A 35km cruise up the darling river pass through 11 locks and travel through three states (SA, VIC, NSW).

Price includes all cruising, accommodation, meals, morning and afternoon tea, return transport to Adelaide and specified on-shore excursions

Public Toilet

From $2665 to $2815

This six-day coach tour offers a small group adventure program of touring and cruising into remote areas. An opportunity to cruise on a custom-built boat along remote sections of the Murray and four tributary rivers including the Darling, Murrumbidgee, Wakool and Edward rivers not otherwise accessible. Travel in a luxury coach, a visit to Mungoo National Park and three days adventure cruising making this a truly unique program.

Public Toilet

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